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How much do you help with the science project?

post #1 of 6
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The instructions for the science project indicate that the student is supposed to do the work for the project.  I bought the supplies for the project and was going to let dd do it herself. 

 

dh is "helping" dd with her project. He had several suggestions for additional experiments to do.  He also had dd make and paint the wood pieces in the garage.  We were going to use pencils and straws as suggested in the model.

 

I think it is nice that he wants to be involved but he won't take the hint to let her do her own project. 

 

Do you help? 

post #2 of 6

I do some. I think the science project exercise is an important part of learning how to put a whole project together. I offer guidance along those lines - planning, concepts, organization, delegation, resources and execution. I'm there to offer hints and contribute to the decision making process but the ultimate direction of the project is up to the child. In that way, the child is the CEO.

 

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We always helped some too. They had to come up with the concept and do the actual experiment, but we helped more with the making the presentation "pretty" part. My kids never had a real science fair, but more science projects type thing but we wanted all the pictures, typed words etc to be arranged straight etc, so we'd help lay them out and make suggestions. But the "brain" part of it they had to do themselves.
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When my daughter was younger, I helped a little.  Probably not as much as most parents.  I always thought the point was for them to learn how to do projects on their own, and I assisted but not overly so, and you could tell.  This one (Do Debbie Meyer Green Bags Really Work?) I helped by taking pictures for her.  She still laid them out on the board and typed her report. In the early elementary grades, some projects were obviously done with A LOT of parental assistance.  This year (6th grade), she worked with a partner and I literally did not help AT ALL.  She still moved on to regionals without my help.  

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We always helped some too. They had to come up with the concept and do the actual experiment, but we helped more with the making the presentation "pretty" part. My kids never had a real science fair, but more science projects type thing but we wanted all the pictures, typed words etc to be arranged straight etc, so we'd help lay them out and make suggestions. But the "brain" part of it they had to do themselves.



I admit, when it came to the presentation part, I had to help.   We didn't do the presentation board last year, she only did a demonstration.  I typed up the hypothesis, experiment and conclusion for her.  She told me what she wanted to write. It killed me that she wanted to draw the table on the board instead of print it out. She was not happy when I told her all the columns in the table needed to be the same size.  She did a good job drawing it with a ruler and it was done her way.

 

She did all the experimenting on her own!

 

 

 

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When my daughter was younger, I helped a little.  Probably not as much as most parents.  I always thought the point was for them to learn how to do projects on their own, and I assisted but not overly so, and you could tell.  This one (Do Debbie Meyer Green Bags Really Work?) I helped by taking pictures for her.  She still laid them out on the board and typed her report. In the early elementary grades, some projects were obviously done with A LOT of parental assistance.  This year (6th grade), she worked with a partner and I literally did not help AT ALL.  She still moved on to regionals without my help.  



Very cool.  I missed this post before.  She did a great job.

 

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